Islamabad United vs Quetta Gladiators
9th Match, Pakistan Super League
A high voltage clash is set to engulf the 2018 edition of the PSL, as the Quetta Gladiators, buoyed by a dominating performance against Lahore Qalandars by nine wickets are all set to better their overall head to head record against Islamabad United on Wednesday, 28th February.
Here's a complete analysis of both the teams and the marquee players who'll have a lasting effect on the game:
Captain: Sarfaraz Ahmed
A dominating display against Lahore Qalandars helped Quetta Gladiators register their first win by nine wickets in the 2018 campaign of the PSL, and would be looking to build on the momentum when they take on Islamabad United on Wednesday.
Islamabad United: 3
Quetta Gladiators: 2
Players to watch out: Whilst Jofra Archer gave a glimpse of his prodigious talent last time with three wickets, the standout performer for the Gladiators was rookie spinner Mohammed Nawaz, who pulled off a sensational heist with a barely believable bowling figure that saw him concede just four runs for two wickets, and the duo will look to emulate the good work against Islamabad United.
Shane Watson, another player who had a great outing (a superb 66) in the last game will look to extend his good form for the Gladiators.
Team: Asad Shafiq, Shane Watson, Umar Amin, Kevin Pieterson, Rilee Rossouw, Sarfaraz Ahmed (W/C), Mohammad Nawaz, Anwar Ali, Rahat Ali, Mahmudullah, Rameez Raja, Jofra Archer, Hassan Khan Mohammad, Mir Hamza, Rashid Khan, Saad Ali, Saud Shakeel
Captain: Rumman Raees
Thanks to the mercurial bowling performance by the trio of Rumman Raees, Steve Finn, and Mohammad Sami, Islamabad United grabbed their first win of the 2018 edition. The team certainly missed their captain Misbah-ul Haq, who continues to recover from the troublesome hamstring injury. However, the Islamabad United would be buoyed by the arrival of South African star JP Duminy, who is coming back off a productive T20I series against India.
Players to watch out: While Islamabad United will bank on their trio of fast bowlers in Raees, Sami, and Finn, they'd be hoping for their opening pair, of which Luke Ronchi is a pivotal part, to give the team a steady start. JP Duminy will bring his invaluable experience to the middle-order and will serve as a vital cog in the fortunes of Islamabad United.
Team Squad: Luke Ronchi (WK), Sahibzada Farhan, Chadwick Walton, Asif Ali, Hussain Talat, Andre Russell, Faheem Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Sami, Rumman Raees (C), Steven Finn, Misbah-ul-Haq, Samit Patel, Samuel Badree, Zafar Gohar, Iftikhar Ahmed, Rohail Nazir, Mohammad Hasan, Amad Bhatt
The encounter between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators will be played at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday, 28th February 2018.
The live telecast of the match can be viewed at Dsport, the official broadcaster for PSL 2018 in India.
The viewers can catch the coverage of the mouth-watering encounter at 9:30 PM IST.
Viewers can also stream the match live on Youtube.